British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Scope and Content

This collection includes: minutes, reports and related papers; annual conference records; membership records; newsletters; registers of research; Central Arbitration Committee awards concerning industrial disputes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) was established in 1950 as the Inter-University Study Group in Industrial Relations. It changed its name to the University Industrial Relations Association in 1951, and adopted its current name in 1967. It exists to further the academic study of industrial relations.

Reference: Cook, C and Wilder, D 'The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British History, 1: Organisations and Societies' (London. Longman. 1994).


The reference codes of these records have been determined either by a superseded catalogue arrangement or by their physical storage order. The codes are therefore not necessarily in order in the catalogue.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers (subject to permission being granted by BUI for access to unpublished records) by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

These records were deposited in the Centre by the Association in a series of deposits from 1979 onwards.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates and for some routine financial and administrative records.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Further papers from of the Association are in the care of the secretary. Papers include annual general meeting agenda and minutes; annual accounts; the secretary and treasurers' annual reports; records of office holders; the bi-annual newsletter.